i-GATE is the place for entrepreneurs with big ideas. 

We are not for profit, and we do not take equity.

We help startups. Period.

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About Us

Founded in 2010 by the City of Livermore, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories' California site. Our original mission was to support the development  of ground breaking technologies.

It turns out that "hard tech"  entrepreneurs need most of the same resources as other founders, so we expanded our focus to include technology entrepreneurs of every stripe.

That's where you come in.

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About You

i-GATE members typically fall into one of three camps:

  1. Founders of tech startups in need of some key resource
  2. Aspiring entrepreneurs in need of perspective and guidance
  3. Creatives - makers, developers, designers, technologists - in need of community

Whichever category best describes you, i-GATE can help.


How We Work

For founders and startup teams, i-GATE offers key resources to accelerate the path from the idea stage to the first round of funding. These resources can essentially be divided into four categories:  work space, mentoring, tools and services.

For aspiring entrepreneurs, makers, and creatives who are not quite ready make the leap, we offer a coworking option that provides access to i-GATE's work space and community. 


Our Downtown Livermore work space is dynamic, versatile, and full of interesting people. All that's missing is you.




From  580, take the North Livermore Avenue  exit toward Downtown Livermore and continue to Second Street.

From 680 northbound, take the Highway 84/Vallecitos Road. Continue to Vallecitos Road and turn right. Stay on Vallecitos Road to  First Street, then turn right on S. Livermore Avenue and continue to Second Street.


i-GATE's mentors have technical, business, and investment expertise that can save you time and money.

Plus, they're really nice people.


Early stage startups need access to the best tools and services to get to market as quickly and cheaply as possible.

We make this happen.


Design & Prototyping

i-GATE hosts an in-house makerspace, called Robot Garden, that is equipped with product design and prototyping tools like 3D printers, laser cutter, light machine tools, soldering, and more.

We also partner with Autodesk to put the best design and modeling tools available anywhere into the hands of our startups.

Web & mobile

i-GATE is part of Amazon Web Services' Activate program, which allows our member companies to access up to $10,000 in AWS credits to lower the cost of starting up.                  

Not sure how to access all of the AWS Activate program benefits? One of our mentors is ready to help you get started.

Legal & ACcounting

As VC Craig Johnson once wrote, "Starting companies is a lot like launching rockets: if you’re a tenth of a degree off at launch, you may be a thousand miles off downrange."

                                                                                                  i-GATE works with top tier local service providers in areas like legal and accounting to help our companies stay on course.